The Master programmes at the ZHAW Life Sciences and Facility Management
Study at the cutting edge of science, with a strong awareness of society's most pressing concerns. With your Master's thesis, you will contribute to addressing the challenges of our time and become a sought-after professional, entrusted with managerial responsibilities.
The master's programme is an academic "Master of Science" degree, which prepares you for demanding specialist or managerial roles. You can specialise in a subject area, work on research projects, further your knowledge of scientific methods and improve your scientific skills. From the very beginning, you will be part of the creative research community in one of our institutes. In your Master's thesis, you will further develop your expertise in your specialist field, combining a scientific approach with entrepreneurial thinking.
Before starting your studies, together with your supervisor you will develop a custom study plan, as well as discuss and determine your learning goals and the topic of your Master's thesis. During your studies, you will not only learn about the latest methods that are in demand in your industry, but also about project management, communication and presentation skills. The full-time study programme lasts three semesters. Part-time study is possible.
Specific skills in data management, modeling and simulation are becoming increasingly important. Algorithms, machine learning, and pattern recognition are just a few important keywords. Master's graduates with this specialisation are more and more in demand as specialists or leaders in fields such as bioinformatics and simulation.
In the life sciences, expertise in chemistry, biochemistry, bioanalytics, green chemistry, material sciences and nanotechnology is in demand. Master's graduates with this specialisation understand thiese fields and are in high demand in the chemical, pharmaceutical, food and biotechnology industries.
Changes in consumer behaviour and society constantly call for new approaches in the food and beverage sector. This necessitates innovation and demands sustainability in the development of products and processes. A Master's degree with this specialisation will lead to exciting opportunities.
Today, many pharmaceuticals are based on active ingredients which are developed and commercially produced using complex biotechnological processes. Master's graduates with this specialisation are in demand in expanding national and international industries. These include fields such as, antibody and vaccine production, gene and cell therapy development, and medical diagnostics.
The specialists trained in the new Master's programme develop solutions to effectively counter the growing climate problem and the scarcity of resources, taking socio-economic aspects into account. The main competence of the graduates lies in the regenerative design of agro-food systems - by initiating, developing and implementing interdisciplinary and innovative business models.
Starting in autumn 2022, the "Master of Science in Real Estate & Facility Management" will be a unique offering for students in Switzerland. This degree will qualify you for managerial positions in strategic areas of responsibility in real estate and facility management. You will work in the real estate industry or support the core processes of a company, contributing to the sustainable achievement of organisational goals.
The Master's degree in Environment and Natural Resources trains environmental experts and sustainability specialists who use their knowledge to drive the urgently needed transformations and innovations towards a sustainable society. You specialise in topics such as agroecology and food systems, biodiversity and ecosystems, or ecological engineering and renewable energy.
The study program at a glance
Title: Master of Science ZFH in (Field of study)
Work load: 90 credits (ECTS)
Duration: 3 semesters in full-time; part-time possible
Start of studies: Week 38 (mid-September), for Life Sciences additionally week 8 (mid-February)
Study fees: CHF 720.00 per semester + additional expenses related to studies
Entry requirements: Bachelor's degree or equivalent in a field related to the field of study.